Moat of the 2018 Oklahoma recruiting class may have already signed and closed their recruitment during the Early Signing Period a few weeks ago, but the Sooners class isn’t quite done yet, and today Lincoln Riley and his staff picked up one of their biggest remaining targets, live from the US Army All-American Bowl. Just minutes ago, longtime Sooner target Brendan Radley-Hines announced his commitment to Oklahoma, live on NBC, putting an end to an extremely long and winding recruitment of one of the nation’s top cornerbacks.
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Radley-Hiles is the 22nd member of Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class, and the sixth defensive back, along with fellow cornerbacks Miguel Edwards and Starrland Baldwin, as well as safeties Patrick Fields, Delarrin Turner-Yell and Jordon Austin. Radley-Hiles is the second highest ranked recruit to join the class, only behind five-star tackle Brey Walker. With this commitment, Oklahoma’s class sits at seventh nationally as they jump over Clemson and Notre Dame, and second in the Big 12, behind Texas.
Radley-Hiles, who had been committed to Nebraska for six months before decommitting on October 31st, had offers from 38 total schools, though his final five consisted of Oklahoma, Nebraska, UCLA, USC and Florida State. The main competition came from UCLA and Florida State, as the Seminoles pushed very hard for a commitment after hiring Willie Taggart, even getting Brendan on campus, but ultimately Oklahoma has had him as a near lock for months now. Radley-Hiles plans to enroll early at Oklahoma.
On the field, Radley-Hiles is one of the most technically refined corners in the 2018 class. He uses his hands very well, has a great understanding of positioning, and is one of the more game ready cornerbacks in the country. He doesn’t lean on his athleticism like many young cornerbacks do, and while he has speed, he isn’t a burner by any means. He doesn’t have great size, but whether Oklahoma decides to use him as a slot corner or as a number one corner, he has the skill to make up for his lack of size.